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An outsider at her first English ball, Jewel is fascinated with the beautiful dresses and the lovely dancing, but she's vowed to save the Earl of Winchcombe from her cousin's marriage trap. When she first glimpses the handsome lord, her heart beats faster. As they plan to thwart her cousin's machinations, she discovers a kindred spirit in Oliver-even if he's a peer and she's a lowly colonist. Caught kissing the earl, the ball ends in disaster and Jewel's displeased uncle whisks her away to Scotland . . . Lord Scar, as the ton calls Oliver, would rather be anywhere than at a godforsaken masquerade ball and when he learns from the free-spirited colonist about the nefarious marriage plan, he grudgingly accepts her help. Jewel intrigues him and sets his heart racing. Yet, when the ball is over and the mask is off-Oliver curses the scar that will send her screaming away. When her uncle banishes her, Oliver comes to her rescue by offering Jewel his hand in marriage. She agrees, despite his disfigurement. But what's a beastly lord like him to do with such a beautiful wife-especially when he discovers she's delightfully saucy? Contains mature themes.Show more
When Elsinore Cosgrove escapes a ballroom in search of adventure, she has no idea it will lead to a hasty marriage. The youngest daughter of a duke, all she wants is to make her own choices. Now she's engaged to an infuriating, handsome Scottish baron who doesn't even know her name! Using all her feminine wiles, along with advice gleaned from a training guide for hunting hounds, Elsinore is determined to mold her baron into the husband she wants. Quin Graham is a man with many secrets. If another scandal can be avoided with a sham marriage, so be it. Only his fiancee isn't at all what he's expecting, and the clumsy, curious, and clever Elsinore refuses to be set aside. For reasons he's unwilling to explain, the last thing Quin needs is to fall for his wife. Contains mature themes.Show more
When Lady Charlton is forced into becoming London's most reluctant matchmaker, sparks fly and romance ensues, from the nationally bestselling author of Marry in Scarlet. Alice, Lady Charlton, is finally free of her dominating husband, but on the verge of her new life, she is trapped when a blackmailer threatens to publish letters that could ruin her. To protect the secrets of her past Alice must find a lord for his daughter, Lucy, to marry. Alice reluctantly agrees to find the girl a noble husband but when Lucy arrives, she's difficult and uncooperative and has no interest in her father's scheme. A lord, she says, will only look down his nose at her-and she's having none of that! Desperate to retrieve the letters, Alice enlists the aid of her handsome young nephew, Gerald, who in turn seeks the help of his former commanding officer, James, Lord Tarrant. James is soon beguiled by the marriage-averse widow and sets out to change her mind. And each time they meet, Gerald and Lucy strike sparks off each other. To find happiness, Alice and Lucy will have to be brave and trust in each other and the men who are attempting to win their hearts. Contains mature themes.Show more
The Tudor dynasty died out because there was no heir of Elizabeth I's body to succeed her. Henry VIII, despite his six marriages, had produced no legitimate son who would live into old age. Three of the reigning Tudors (Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I) died without heirs apparent, the most tragic case being that of Mary Tudor, who went through two recorded cases of phantom pregnancy. If it were not for physical frailty and the lack of reproductive health among the Tudors, the course of history might have been different. This book concentrates on the medical downfall of the Tudors, examining their gynecological history and medical records. ● Did you know that an archival source suggests that Henry VIII may have suffered from venereal disease or a urinary tract infection? ● It is generally assumed that Katharine of Aragon went through menopause by 1524, but primary sources tell a different tale. ● Did you know that Jane Seymour's coronation in 1537 was postponed and later cancelled because of the plague? She was originally to be crowned on 29 September 1536.Show more
Immerse yourself in the vanished world inhabited by Jane Austen's contemporaries. Packed with detail and anecdotes, this is an intimate exploration of how the middle and upper classes lived from 1775, the year of Austen's birth, to the coronation of George IV in 1820. Sue Wilkes skillfully conjures up all aspects of daily life within the period, drawing on contemporary diaries, illustrations, letters, novels, travel literature, and archives. - Were all unmarried affluent men really 'in want of a wife'? - Where would a young lady seek adventure? - Would 'taking the waters' at Bath and other spas kill or cure you? - Was Lizzy Bennet bitten by bed-bugs while traveling? - What would you wear to a country ball or a dance at Almack's? - Would Mr. Darcy have worn a corset? - What hidden horrors lurked in elegant Regency houses?Show more
A hundred years have passed since the Faerie woman Lara last saved Hetar. Her youth and beauty remain as always. The waning years, however, have taken many of her friends and kin. And those who remember her heroism in times of peril are few. All the while Lara's son, the charming but nefarious Twilight Lord Kolgrim, waits patiently for his moment. Kolgrim won't repeat his father's mistakes by waging war. His way is more subtle but just as sinister-not even Lara's formidable powers will be able to stop him. Though all seems lost, Lara still clings to the hope that she can fulfill the prophecy to unite the people of Hetar. As darkness once again falls over her land, Lara finds that, more than ever, she needs the wisdom, love and support of the handsome Shadow Prince, Kaliq. In their greatest trial yet, Lara and Kaliq will finally meet her long-foretold destiny . . . together. Contains mature themes.Show more
Magic coursing through his blood, Dillon, son of the Domina of Hetar, follows his path to the forgotten world of Belmair. Summoned to marry the king's daughter and inherit the throne, Dillon discovers Belmair is beautiful, enigmatic and seductive-as is his strong-willed new queen. What's more, Hetar's brightest star may hold the key to his people's lost heritage-and his heart. Cinnia, sorceress of Belmair, expected to claim her rightful place as ruler, not as the wife of a stranger from a faraway land. But the enchantment that seals their marriage of power and greatness does more than soothe her wounded pride. It allows her to use her magical gifts to uncover a passion she never dared to dream of . . . and the darkest secret of a mystical land. Contains mature themes.Show more
Mourn me but briefly. Then find your destiny, Lara, my love, my life. Now let me go . . . With those words, the spirit of Magnus Hauk, Dominus of Terah, departs his body-leaving the fate of his nation to his wife, the half faerie Lara. While Lara's son Prince Taj is well loved by the people of Terah, he is too young to rule, so Lara must obey Magnus's dying command and govern in his stead. Yet some in Terah still believe that a female must never wear the crown . . . and Lara and her children will face old enemies who are not finished with their schemes for revenge. But one hope remains-Lara has a powerful ally in Prince Kaliq of the Shadows, though never was there a more seductive friend or foe . . . Contains mature themes.Show more
From one of the original masters of romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bertrice Small invites you back to the magical, sensual world of Hetar. The time of peace is over. After the murder of her husband, Lara-half faerie, half human-must leave the home she has made in the Outlands and follow the destiny that has long called her. Using her brilliant sword and even sharper mind, Lara must journey toward the coast, seeking alliances to protect the future of her land. But when treachery binds her once more in chains, the green-eyed beauty is taken far beyond the world she knows. Only there will she discover that destiny has a mind of its own-and that true passion knows no boundaries. Contains mature themes.Show more
All of London knows Beau Bellham as the Marquess of Bellingham, but only a trusted few know he also works for the Home Office. His specialty? Scouting out traitors to the Crown. So, when one of his friends pretends to be a footman at a house party in order to find a wife, Beau decides posing as a valet at the same gathering will be the perfect cover for him to spy on the men he suspects of treason. What Beau doesn't count on, however, is butting heads with a far-too-certain-of-herself maid who gives him hell at every turn. Miss Marianne Notley is a lady's maid with more secrets than hairpins. When she meets her employer's new valet, she distrusts him immediately. Never mind his dashing good looks and irrepressible charm, he's a bit too sure of himself and asks a few too many questions for her liking. She's on a mission to reveal the mysterious valet's true identity, and she's not above wielding her own considerable charms to do it. But before long, all the pretending Marianne and Beau are doing feels alarmingly real-and a lot like falling in love. When they finally discover the truth about each other, will it spark a face-off for the ages or a love that lasts for all time? Contains mature themes.Show more
Lara, Domina of Terah, has mysteriously disappeared, and Magnus Hauk is frantic to find his beloved wife. When no trace of her can be discovered, he turns to two strong allies-Prince Kaliq of the Shadows and Ilona, the most powerful of the faerie queens. Meanwhile, Kol-the Twilight Lord-revels in his victory. The exquisite Domina is now in his possession, and her powers will soon help him to conquer first Hetar and then Terah. But Lara will not stand for his treachery, even as she is seduced by his charisma. She calls on all of her strength-and the passion in her heart-to once again rise to the challenge of her destiny. Contains mature themes.Show more
He's posing as a groomsman. Rhys Sheffield, the Duke of Worthington, has bet his friends an ungodly sum of money that despite his loftiness, he can pass himself off as a servant at the house party of the Season. But when his ex-flame arrives and recognizes Rhys pretending to be a groomsman, she realizes it's the perfect opportunity to pay him back for breaking off their engagement. She's the bride-to-be. Lady Julianna Montgomery may be the only young woman at the house party who's not in the market for a husband. She's quite happily engaged to a marquess, thank you very much, and scarcely remembers the pain of being callously tossed over by the Duke of Worthington two long years ago-till now. All bets are off. Rhys seems to be everywhere, flexing his muscles, laboring in the sun-and Julianna has never found him more appealing. With his signature charm, he persuades her to keep his secret. But when she learns he's determined to win a bet of honor, she can't resist playing a game of her own. She'll spend the next fortnight tempting Rhys at every turn and making him lose his precious wager. Even if it means she must lose her heart in the process . . . Contains mature themes.Show more
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